Health Affairs December 7, 2021
Joe Finkbonner, Vanetta Abdellatif

For example, among second and third graders in the state, Black, Indigenous, and other children of color have higher rates of tooth decay and untreated decay than White children in categories such as cavities experienced in all teeth, cavities in permanent teeth, and rampant decay—seven or more teeth with cavity experience. Among adults, nearly twice as many Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander adults—27 percent—experience pain in the mouth than White adults—15 percent.

Arcora Foundation’s vision is for everyone to enjoy good oral and overall health with no one left behind. This equity-centered approach aligns with the vision we share with our funder, Delta Dental of Washington. Alongside our partners, we’ve helped promote healthy behaviors and expand...

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